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Leading Silks

Andrew Lewis QC - Park Square BarristersA safe and highly competent pair of hands. Arguably the best and most experienced Silk in personal injury work east of the Pennines. Gets quickly to the heart of a case. Disarmingly effective.

Leading Juniors

Simon Anderson - Park Square BarristersSimon is the go-to barrister in the north for stress at work and psychiatric injury claims. He has a reputation as a trial barrister albeit my personal experience is that i have found opponents not wanting to litigate against him. His name helps to even out the fight with defendants and gives ordinarily problematic stress at work and psychiatric injury claims sufficient rigour and credibility.
Andrew Axon - Parklane PlowdenAndrew has a analytical approach to cases and is very able to grasp very complex issues and disseminate them with flair and panache. He is always willing to get his sleeves rolled up in order to find a negotiated way forward in a case and work towards a successful conclusion. His negotiation skills are exceptional and I am sure he is on the fast track to turning silk very soon.
Richard Copnall - Parklane PlowdenHe is technically astute and extremely competent with a no-nonsense approach.
Judy Dawson - Park Square BarristersVery knowledgeable about fraud matters. Well judged and nuanced advice. Avoids being too gun-ho on fraud. Good indemnity knowledge.
Pankaj Madan - Exchange ChambersWorks very hard to achieve the right result. Doing a mixture of Claimant and Defendant work is able to present a balanced view whichever side has instructed him. Very detailed analysis of complex medical issues.
James Murphy - Parklane PlowdenHas a superb disarming manner and the ability to get straight to the nub of the issues in a case, which immediately puts clients at ease. He is a supreme advocate and negotiator. Briefs are dealt with in a timely manner his advice is invariably first class.
Simon Ross - Exchange ChambersStrengths are the ability to provide straightforward clear advice along with a no-nonsense approach that invariably sits well with clients. Rather than adopting a broad-brush approach attention to detail at all stages of the claim and strong desire to help clients get the best possible results sits well with my own approach.
Andrew Wilson - Park Square BarristersSensible, pragmatic and highly experienced.
Toby Coupe - Kings ChambersClarity of advice, manner with all types of clients, witnesses and experts. Common sense and commerciality of approach to litigation.
Justin Crossley - Parklane PlowdenProfessional and great with clients.
Daniel Edwards - Dere Street BarristersVery thorough on paper and an excellent advocate in court.
Howard Elgot - Parklane PlowdenTenacious In pursuit of a case. Always willing to examine every angle of the evidence and to come up with new avenues to explore.
Stephen Friday - Parklane PlowdenHe is impressive. Attention to detail. Breadth of knowledge and ability to think on his feet. Very analytical and advice is spot on.
Elizabeth Hodgson - Parklane PlowdenSuperb with cool headed analysis. A tough negotiator. Always well prepared. Presents her views very clearly either on paper or in conference. Has great ability to put lay clients at ease. She excels in treating instructing solicitors and commercial clients as part of a team. Always superb value for money.
Paul Kirtley - Exchange ChambersVery experienced junior. Also sits as a recorder and therefore has a wealth of experience. Very knowledgeable, pragmatic, caring and compassionate with vulnerable clients. Lots of brain injury and amputation injury experience. His eye for detail and considered manner make him perfect for high value serious injury work.
Sophie Mitchell - St Paul's ChambersAlways fights for her client.
Tom Nossiter - Parklane PlowdenCalm and measured. Good with difficult and/or unrealistic clients, without being over blunt. Thorough, but can also see pragmatic solutions.
Simon Plaut - Kings ChambersSimon is quick thinking and able to consider and provide practical and agile solutions. Simon is very much hands on and accessible and keen to get involved in the cases. Simon is personable and enthusiastic - clients warm to him quickly and trust his views.
Fiona Ross - Park Square BarristersApproachable and thorough, with a great depth of knowledge.
Robert Smith - St Paul's ChambersIs an excellent junior.
Catherine Souter - Parklane PlowdenCatherine is one of the stars of the North Eastern Circuit. Superb with clients, excellent tactically and very robust in negotiations at JSMs.
Tom Vonberg - Parklane PlowdenPragmatic with an excellent eye for detail.
Christopher Williams - Parklane PlowdenRecommended for multi-track cases.
Peter Wilson - Park Square BarristersHe is meticulous in his preparation; good with the client, both lay and professional; a wonderful advocate, very organised of thought.
Hylton Armstrong - Parklane PlowdenHighly skilled and recommended for complex matters.
Michael Ditchfield - Parklane PlowdenVery knowledgeable on disease cases, very pragmatic and willing to offer assistance with cases, articles and offers of asistance outside his involvement on specific cases.
Gordon Exall - Kings ChambersGordon has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law. He is extremely approachable on any matter whether small or complex and high value.
Corin Furness - Parklane PlowdenExceptional attention to detail - very detailed forensic analysis of cases. Excellent client care skills - very good at explaining detailed/complex aspects of cases in a way which lay clients can understand.
Mark Henley - Park Square BarristersHighly experienced in industrial disease cases.
Stuart Jamieson - Parklane PlowdenHe always provides top quality, down-to-earth advice in the field of PI and medical negligence.
Ruwena Khan - Park Square BarristersExperienced in both claimant and defendant work.
Richard Paige - Park Square BarristersA very bright and capable barrister who provides sensible advice in a wide range of PI and clinical negligence cases. Approachable and provides an excellent service in a friendly manner.
Abigail Telford - Parklane PlowdenAbigail is a very good barrister. She is very good in conferences with a client. She is very good with her written advices. She is very approachable easy to understand. She is always available if you need to discuss a case.
Steven Turner - Parklane PlowdenVery approachable with exceptional client care skills with a keen eye for detail. Steven is able to quickly identify the key issues and produce succinct arguments to support his opinion. He has the ability to unravel complex issues into easily digestible pieces which complement his excellent presentation skills and no nonsense approach.

Personal injury in Regional Bar

Dere Street Barristers

Dere Street BarristersDaniel Edwards has a wealth of experience in brain injury, catastrophic spinal injury, and amputation cases, as well as employers' liability claims, occupational disease, and civil fraud in relation to road traffic accidents.

St Paul's Chambers

St Paul's Chambers is predominantly instructed on behalf of claimants in personal injury cases, with a particular focus on complex, large-scale cases. Robert Smith and Sophie Mitchell are the names to note for high-value and complex claims. Mitchell also undertakes work representing government defendants.

Parklane Plowden

The 'dominant' Parklane Plowden is 'exceptional and certainly head and shoulders above the majority of other sets in North East and Yorkshire'. The 'tactically brilliant' Andrew Axon has particular expertise in representing claimants with severe brain injuries, who lack capacity and have complex rehabilitation and care needs. The 'technically astute' Richard Copnall led the 'razor-sharp' Abigail Telford in Edwards v Hugh James Ford Simey, a claim under the industrial disease scheme for vibration white finger; the Supreme Court case clarified what evidence can be taken into account when determining the loss of chance of bringing a claim and how to deal with later-coming evidence. The 'very passionate' Michael Ditchfield specialises in industrial disease claims, particularly dust-based diseases, and novel issues arising as to the date of guilty knowledge and foreseeability of risk. 'Superb with cool-headed analysis', Elizabeth Hodgson is a go-to counsel for employers’ liability claims and public liability claims against local authorities, as well as for limitation issues. Chambers has been strengthened following the arrival of Justin Crossley from Zenith Chambers.

Park Square Barristers Ltd.

Park Square Barristers has a nationally renowned personal injury, disease, and clinical negligence team, representing both claimants and defendants nationwide. Andrew Lewis QC's practice involves high-value catastrophic injury claims, particularly brain and spinal cord injury cases. Lewis QC was involved in the first case in which an order approving periodical payments of future heads of expenses and losses had been made in the Isle of Man. The value of the claim was £25m. Simon Anderson is a leading name in disease litigation and psychiatric injury claims on the North East Circuit. Judy Dawson is regularly instructed by defendants in high-value claims and she is well-versed in the technicalities that arise in relation to such issues and complex disclosure arguments. Richard Paige has practiced for over 20 years in all areas of personal injury and acts for defendant insurers in defending spurious claims. The arrivals of Andrew Wilson, Ruwena Khan, and Mark Henley from the now-closed Zenith Chambers have further strengthened the team.

Exchange Chambers

Exchange Chambers has 'a wide selection of barristers from the very junior end to silk' and clerks who 'are proactive and helpful'. The set's personal injury team handles high value, complex cases involving injuries of the utmost severity, fatal accidents, industrial disease, and severe brain and catastrophic spinal cord injuries. The 'very knowledgeable' Paul Kirtley undertakes work in all areas of the personal injury field and is experienced in complex, high-value claims. Pankaj Madan specialises in very serious and catastrophic injury cases, with most of his work being traumatic brain injury and high-value pain cases. The set has recently been strengthened by the arrival of Simon Ross from the now-closed Zenith Chambers. Being an ex-solicitor, Ross he 'is focused not only on directions and the end result but also acutely understands the pressures upon the solicitor, which helps when looking at proportionality and keeps client's expectations reasonable'.

Kings Chambers

Kings Chambers' personal injury team is 'renowned for its in-depth advice and advocacy skills'. With 'sound judgement' and 'purposeful in negotiations' Toby Coupe is one of the impressive juniors, regularly receiving instructions on catastrophic injury cases from both leading claimant and defendant firms. Simon Plaut is 'extremely forensic in examination of facts' and is a specialist in serious personal injury and industrial disease and is instructed nationwide. With encyclopaedic knowledge of the law', Gordon Exall is instructed in multi-million-pound catastrophic cases, complex high-value cases involving life-changing injuries right down to the low-value injuries, covering a wide spectrum of fatal accidents, accidents at work, industrial disease, occupiers liability, trips and slips, and road traffic accidents.